Sorry for the lack of updates recently! Life has kind of been kicking my tail recently, and I’ve been keeping super busy, so I haven’t had a whole lot of time to keep up with the blog. But I’ve still had time to work out! 😉 And funny we should mention that, because that’s exactly what we’re going to be chatting about in today’s blog.
Think you don’t have the time to work out?
Most commonly, people defeat themselves when setting their workout goals. “I’m too tired,” “I just don’t have the time,” “I’m far too busy.” These are the common excuses I hear from people all of the time. “I want to work out, but ______.” Yeah, insert excuse in the blank. It’s all just excuses. You have 1,440 minutes in a day (or more simply put, 24 hours in a day), 7 days in a week, etc etc, you get the point. If literally EVERY minute of your life is occupied by being busy, then you probably need to re-evaluate something in your life.
Let’s look at it this way, then. How much time do you devote to sitting on Facebook each day? How much time do you give to watching TV? Going out with friends, hanging at bars, clubs, etc etc? Let’s start with the social networking thing (i.e., Facebook, Twitter, instagram, Myspace, all that nonsense, from here on out just referred to Facebook). How about you do this: Every time you feel the urge to check your Facebook, do 10 push-ups instead. Every time you decide to post a status, do 10 sit-ups instead. So forth and so on. I know it’s a addictive, but if you have time for all that stuff, you have time to work out.
You have the time to work out. You just decide that other, more insignificant things are more important. Yeah, I know that sounds a little harsh, and I’m not saying completely abandon your social networking all together. But sitting on Facebook for 2 or 3 hours isn’t going to help you lose weight, bulk up, increase your endurance, or whatever your personal goals are.
Do you watch TV? Was that episode of Two and a Half Men last night really worth skipping a gym workout? Now, I mention TV because it’s a somewhat different case. If you REALLY have that show that you have to watch every week that you just CAN’T miss, then how about this: While you’re watching TV, why don’t you kill two birds with one stone? While watching TV, do push-ups, sit-ups, crunches, and stretches. I’m no stranger to doing this. I love History channel. I’m no stranger to sitting there watching an hour of Pawn Stars or Top Shot and doing push-ups, sit=ups, and crunches while watching TV. If for whatever reason, you can’t make it to the gym, then make the most of your time at home. Bruce Lee used to do sit-ups and crunches while watching TV at home, as well (and he had those awesome washboard abs). The hour-long shows are great because there’s an easy way to keep track of your one-hour workout, and you’re still being entertained.
Another was to help stay motivated is let your friends know. Grab a trusted friend, someone who will keep you motivated. Talk to them about your goals. When you say “hey let’s hang out,” encourage them to say “Why don’t you/we go for a little run before we go out? Or hit some weights? Or maybe we could even hang out at the batting cages or something.” Have your friends help you make time for working out. A good friend will help you out, no worries.
All in all, the main point is that you always have time to work out. There’s no excuse for you to not be able to find any time in the day to at least for for a 10-20 minute walk. Grab a buddy, make it a social event. Set aside the time at beginning of the day if you must. “Okay, from 6:30-7:00, I’m going to do my cardio for the day.” It’s that simple. It doesn’t have to be a lot of time, but the fact is, there is time for it. Plain and simple. No excuses accepted. 🙂
Until next time…